‘Football is supposed to be fun.’

Rod York and his Mililani Trojans started defense of their state title with a drubbing of McKinley on Saturday. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser
Rod York and his Mililani Trojans started defense of their state title with a drubbing of McKinley on Saturday. Bruce Asato / Star-Advertiser

Losing coaches and fans aren’t the only ones who have had their fill of blowouts.

Winning coaches don’t count it as the best use of time, either.

Rod York, coach of defending champion Mililani, was just glad it was all over when the clock struck zero on his team’s 73-14 rout of undermanned McKinley on Saturday.

“It wasn’t fun for McKinley and it wasn’t fun for us,” York told Star-Advertiser reporter Kyle Sakamoto. “It wasn’t a fun game. Football is supposed to be fun.”

The OIA restricts teams to just one nonconference game, and the Trojans are traveling to Nevada to take on Liberty next month. That game made last week’s scrimmage against Saint Louis, which drew more fans than any of the real games that week in part because of the free admission, not count.

So instead of testing itself against a fellow top 10 team, the Trojans emptied the bench early against the Tigers. York said he actually tried to hold the score down out of respect for coach Sam Cantiberos and his roster of 40 players.

Punahou coach Kale Ane looked disappointed after his team’s 59-0 blowout of Hilo, wishing his starters could get more than 24 minutes of work before he is obligated to pull them out of respect for an overmatched squad.

“It’s tough, but I have been on that side, too,” Ane said, referring to the proud Hilo squad lining up to sing its alma mater after being shut out.

The idea of a super conference involving the best programs on Oahu has been bandied about for decades. It sounds like York is all for it.

“It was an OIA game, we had to play it,” York said. “That’s where the people at the top of the OIA are supposed to step in and match us up. That’s what we ask for. We ask for a better matchup. We asked to play Saint Louis during this week.”

In a preseason game last week, McKinley lost to OIA D-II team Roosevelt 39-0. Mililani tuned up for the start of its season by scrimmaging the state’s powers every day.

Cantiberos knows the landscape of high school football in Hawaii, and he won’t be bemoaning the fact that he had to open against the state’s top team. He just wants to keep working until he is on the right side of it.

When asked if the Tigers should be in Division I, Cantiberos said: “I think we have the athletes to be in Division I. We have the students at the school. We just need to change the culture around so these kids come out for the team, so can field a team of 70, 80 guys.”


  1. Mahatma Gandhi August 16, 2015 2:08 am

    The ILH is stealing all the top players from the Honolulu OIA schools.

  2. MauiBoy5 August 16, 2015 5:46 am

    Don’t worry, there stealing top players from neighbor islands too.

  3. Cabs August 16, 2015 8:04 am

    Mr Ghandi, will you please lay it to rest already? Geez! Certain OIA schools “steal” players from other districts as well.

  4. Matuu Pulotu August 16, 2015 8:27 am

    ILH will always be able to have their pick of kids and the communities these kids come from should celebrate the success those kids have at those schools even though it is not with your particular school. However there are many schools that have large student populations that only few turn out for football or schools where football is the culture and kids want to attend because of that. There should be stricter rules about transfers and verification as well so its not just teams stacking to make a super team.

  5. Football August 16, 2015 10:00 am

    Isn’t Miliani ILH? Oh sorry I saw the DOE wedsite they are apart of the OIA.

  6. Big Mauka August 16, 2015 10:04 am

    Win an they will come! AD’s job to find the right coaches for the job! To work with what he has, people will change there address move, buy, lie, cheat whatever it takes to be on a winning team! The better the team, the better the exposure the better chance for a better college. I myself went to other schools practices an schools to check the academics are all in place for my sons future! I found the school Millilani I have coach OIA ILH worked in the school system if moved him it would have caused mayhem. That’s why he plays in the mainland better exposure academics but I miss him. Do what you gotta do I cant wait to see him come home to play in 2 weeks. Do what you gotta do your fighting for a $100,000 dollar 4 year scholarship, better school hopefully better future.

  7. Football August 16, 2015 12:09 pm

    Kahuku have won many more champions then Miliani. To me, it’s whatever York is promoting to draw this kids to play for Miliani. I’m all for kids trying to better them self in football and academics, but the way they are transfer over their is disgusting. it’s awesome that it brings another powerhouse football program into the OIA. But it not like the kids family move to the area or kid is for Miliani and his family move back from the mainland. A kid can get a good education from a public school, we have a lot of kids working hard. You got a kid from kaiser get offer, a kid in Kapolei, And so on. So exposure is not that hard you got the Internet for that. This is High School football not the NCAA.

  8. FB fan August 16, 2015 5:22 pm

    Everytime theres an article on mililani all comments is about the transfers, but the article is talkin bout somthing else…..

  9. Trojan fan August 16, 2015 7:23 pm

    It’s because they don’t like getting lickens by mililani.So they keep going back to that subject.What they don’t realize is you don’t have to be super big to win but,you do have to have a good coaching staff and that’s where mililani pulls ahead.Not saying that these other teams don’t have good coaches,just saying that mililani has a exceptional coaching staff and no one can argue that point.

  10. Football August 16, 2015 7:39 pm

    One word integrity! IHL use scholarship to bait talent there way. York? I don’t know… Correct me if I am wrong but is any of the players that are Truly good from Miliani? If not, why are they there? To win a championship? Because to win a championship in the high school level is about win it for your community. No one is pay you to come to a public school. Waianae, Hilo, Kapaa, kapolei,Kahuku, and every player that has talent stay were they are to play for their friends, family, and. Community.
    Win lose or draw their talent will show. York and the AD found a loophole and they are using it. I would respect York if he can use the talent from the community and not recruit . I respect McKinley High School more because put point on Miliani regardless if it was second string or third, they use homegrown talent. Tell me wound Miliani be that good without the “Recruit talent”? Millwood did and an awesome job with the talent he had. He did it for the community with community players.

  11. Blake Rose August 16, 2015 7:55 pm

    They hate us because they AINT US


  12. Trojan fan August 16, 2015 8:03 pm

    Here we go again same old excuse. every team on this island has players from other community’s, kapolei ,campbell,farrington ,and yes even kahuku.SO what’s your point,What I’m saying is if coach york and his staff were coaching McKinley they would beat mililani.Its not so much the players as it is the system.

  13. Trojan fan August 16, 2015 8:13 pm

    Oh and football coach york don’t need your respect ,he got plenty of that from this community

  14. Football August 16, 2015 9:39 pm

    Lol– you make no sense. He is great coach. And he doesn’t need my respect. Everyone repeating it because it’s true. It may not make sense to you because you are bias. Can you actually tell me with the talent that McKinley had York could make them win against his “Recruit talent”? So you are saying York and his coaching staff ( at the first quarter ) which Miliani was up 28-0 ,can bring a McKinley team to back and win? He hates to lose and with that hate he recruit because he wants to win. And I find that wrong. I truly don’t know what Miliani is offering that no other public school is offering.,But the kids come. Every school get transfer but it because they have no choice. But the way Miliani is doing it is pretty sad. how many of the starter are actually from Miliani? Meaning they are not using their relative address to say they live in mililani so they can go to school their to play football.

  15. OahuPuns August 16, 2015 10:00 pm

    Coaches on the High School level only win because of the talent, case in point, Suiaki and Reggie won titles for Kahuku because they had the most and the best talent. Punahou won titles because they recruited the best talent. Darnell Arceneaux coached at Mililani and did not win anything with the Mililani kids because Mililani kids are not big, (this is a soccer community) but the one year Arceneaux moves to coach St. Louis he wins a state title because the talent was at St. Louis. You mean to tell me York is winning at Mililani because he is a better offensive mind then Arceneaux? I think not, York is a better salesman to get his friends to bring their nephews to Mililani. I live in Mililani and no one is bragging about homegrown talent because we know these kids are not from here, the community is proud of the school over all but yes we know these Samoan and Tongan kids are not from Mililani.

  16. Trojan fan August 16, 2015 10:21 pm

    @football any coach hate to lose.People coming to mililani because it’s a good community, good schools,good education,and great football.If they come because they have relatives here that’s good they are family.Who are you or anybody else to say where kids can or cannot play.Thats up to the parents. And yes there’s plenty good players right here in central oahu.
    And you telling me other schools have transfers but it’s because they have no choice NOT TRUE.We will have to agree to disagree on this subject.

  17. Trojan fan August 16, 2015 11:14 pm

    @oahupuns Whether there Samoan,Tongan,or any other race doesn’t matter they still play for the brown and gold and this community is proud of them.And if you are not bragging about the trojans you know you don’t represent this community.And I would say if all it took was size and talent puns should have taken states last year but they didn’t .

  18. hwnstyll August 17, 2015 11:22 am

    Millilani, Welcome to the microscope.
    Learn how to handle different opinions without attacking others.
    People football is not everything, Without grades no college.

  19. John pau August 17, 2015 12:17 pm

    Football look whether you like it or not. the truth is kapolei and farrington have had way more transfers to their team this year more than mililani and on top of that if you do your research the kids that are starting this year were and have been on the team since last year and the year before with the exception of 1 kid that starts at slots from st. louis. so to answer your question on what york does that draws the kids to a public school the answer is he and the coaches make the ENVIORMENT FUN AND COACHABLE…kids see it for themselves and want to be apart of it there are no promises or deals being made the kids want to come BOTTOM LINE…not recruiting go look up the info for yourself and see.

  20. Footballisback! August 17, 2015 12:18 pm

    Don’t you guys pay attention at the beginning of any of the games? How many of these schools, Mililani, Kahuku, Campbell, etc. have kids that transferred from other schools, be it OIA or yes, even ILH, Kamehameha and Punahou. They are transferring from even the ILH schools to go to OIA, so stop saying only ILH recruits, we are not dumb. What does Mililani or Kahuku offer that allows at DE?

  21. Trojan fan August 17, 2015 12:18 pm

    @hwnstyll you’re right.It was not my intension to offend anyone .If I did I apologize.

  22. Kahuku82 August 17, 2015 1:44 pm

    @Trojan fan. People gonna always make excuses for losing, it’s just a fact of life, but the truth of the matter is that York and his staff has done a tremendous job out there in millilani, nothing more needs to be said about that, they proved themselves over the past years! And if any coach likes losing then they shouldn’t be out there coaching! What would be the point! And as far as recruiting in the OIA??? What nonsense!! What! They going offer da kids free lunch!! Give me a break! People always gonna hate when you get to the top! Get used to it! Comes with the territory lol! Anyways put this thread to rest! Ain’t getting nowhere! Good luck to the Trojans this season! Just glad the state trophy back in da OIA! Where it belongs!!!! Aloha

  23. red x August 17, 2015 2:47 pm

    Coming from big red country I do to believe that mililani has the best coaching staff even with talk of recruiting. York staff gets there kids ready to play as if it’s there last game. It’s amazing to watch that offense go to work

  24. Football August 17, 2015 5:28 pm

    I have no problem with kids transferring to another school. It happens all the time. Why is a coach recruit kids from out his district just win football games? It high school football! I love the fact it bring more powerhouse to the OIA. It’s not just me that have with it, the DOE have a problem that too.

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